After leaving Jasper, our next stop was Grande Prairie to replenish our supplies before entering the Alaskan Highway. We spent the night in the Walmart parking lot with about 10 other rvs. It was the first time we had ever stayed in a Walmart parking lot and all went fine. We were even able to make a Costco visit!
We left on Monday morning about 8:00 (really early for us). About 20 miles down the road, we entered the town of Beaver Lodge with this giant beaver statue. We had to stop for a picture.
One and a half hours later we reached Dawson Creek, Mile 0 of the Alaska Highway. We switched to Pacific Daylight time making our arrival at 8:30. We were the only ones at the Mile 0 sign in the Visitor's Center so Jim pulled the motorhome by the sign so we could get that in the picture too. Unfortunately, there was no one else to take a picture of both of us so we took turns taking each other's picture under the sign.
After the pictures, we went into the Visitor's Center to see what information we could obtain. After receiving a few brochures, we walked to town.
About two blocks from the visitor's center is the original Mile 0 post in the middle of town. Across from the marker is the Alaska House with lots of information regarding the building of the Alaskan Highway. We watched a 45 minute movie which did an excellent job explaining the whole endeavor. It gave us a whole new level of appreciation for what it took to build this roadway.
We headed back to where the motorhome was parked passing one of the many murals throughout town.
Seventeen miles from Dawson Creek, we took a side road to drive down an original stretch of the Alaskan Highway and see the Kiskatinaw River Bridge.
It is the last original timber bridge built on the Alaskan Highway.
We drove over the bridge and a little further down the road to capture a full picture of the bridge. A little way further we joined back with the Alaskan Highway.